It's a rare moment when an Indian summer hits Paris and the clear, blue skies with unseasonably warm temperatures match the burgeoning spring warmth of the southern hemisphere.
The days are getting shorter but everyone is squeezing every minute of light and warmth from the day before winter hits and we all retreat indoors for the rest of the year. To make the most of this second summer, here are our must-haves to enjoy the extended season.
Keep the summer feeling going with these sorbet flavoured bags from new Parisian label We Are Not. We're fans of the round pill box bags which are available from their pop-up store in Paris until 24 October.
The best thing about these bags? While they're made from beautiful, high-quality leather they're all under €300 which means taking a chance on a colour you wouldn't normally wear won't break the bank.
Despite the months of summer reading we've still got a big of books on our bedside table waiting to be read and now's a great time to take an afternoon off, take a seat on a café terrasse and dive into a novel.
Here's our late-summer in Paris reading list:
The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolino which looks at the stores on rue des Martyrs in the heart of Bobo Paris. Elaine got in touch with us and is offering an illustrated map of the street and a signed bookplate designed by the wonderful artist Carol Gillot with orders from Amazon.
The Other Paris by Luc Sante which focuses on historical stories of poverty in the city of lights.
L'Etranger by Albert Camus or the graphic novel version by Jacques Ferrandez to get you ready to read a new response to this classic novel The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud.
Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose for a steamy story of 1920s and 30s Paris.
Peter Mayle's charming books that document his time living in Provence.
Maison Francis Kurkdijan recently opened a new boutique in the Marais so it's the perfect time for those of us in Paris to go and pick up a summery fragrance to wear for the rest of the warm days we have left, and remind us of summer when all the trees have shed their leaves.
We're partial to Amyris, APOM, Absolue Pour le Matin and Aqua Universalis for our go-to summer scents but it's best to take your time and find the perfect fragrance for your skin. It's a tough job but someone's got to do it.
An effortlessly draped scarf is an essential in every season but especially at the tail end of summer when the sun sets and the temperature drops in the shadows.
Kenzo is eponymous with Parisian youth and their scarfs are always hotly anticipated each season. We're partial to the quirky eye prints, especially when they're paired with these vibrant jewel tones - perfect for transitioning into autumn.
A late-summer picnic in the park is the best way to farewell the warm months but if you're anything like us, you're in denial about the impending coldness and forget to wear something warm to fend off the cool night air.
Wrapping up in one of these gorgeous giboulée wool blankets by Inga Sempé for Roros Tweed lets you warm up while still feeling relaxed. They're also great to keep by the sofa for staying chic and toasty when winter hits.